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The Spring of the Ram Audiobook

The Spring of the Ram: The House of Niccolo, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

In 1461, the mysterious Nicholas is in Florence. Backed by none other than Cosimo de' Medici, he will sail the Black Sea to Trebizond, last outpost of Byzantium, and the last jewel missing from the crown of the Ottoman Empire.

The Spring of the Ram is a blend of scholarship and narrative shimmering with the scents, sounds, colours and combustible emotions of the 15th century.

©1987 Dorothy Dunnett (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Dorothy Dunnett takes readers with her into a fabulous past, using suspense and high adventure" (Sunday Telegraph)

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  • Vicki
    SILVER SPRING, MD, United States
    4/04/16
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    "Well done!"

    I read the series years ago. Happy to relive the life and adventures of Niccolo through the wonderful voice of Mr. Griffin.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heather
    2/06/14
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    "Gordon Griffin's accents are such a disaapoinment"
    Where does The Spring of the Ram rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Really disappointing


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the story - I've read it 3 times, first time listening. First two books of the series were great audiobooks. This one, uck.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Why does everyone have to have a phony accept? And, what sense does it make having the main character - who is from the same place as many with the phony accepts NOT have his own accent? Nicholas grew up with Mathilde - why does Mathilde have a terribly fake French accent and Nicholas not?? Please - you did a great job in Book 1, why change the game now. So distracting, so disappointing. There are 5 more books. Are you going to be as corny in all of them?


    If you could take any character from The Spring of the Ram out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Tobie - to see if he started to sneeze.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish there were no accents.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Kristin
    Lancashire, UK
    10/04/15
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    "Another shot of brilliance!"

    Having read these books after The Lymond Chronicles a few years ago, they were never to be forgotten, I thought, but now I realise just how much more is to be gained by listening to them by an experienced narrator. It was a revelation!

    At first, I thought Gordon Griffin's voice should have been slightly younger but after the first book I realized just how proficient he is and settled in nicely. The knowledge and pleasure I felt was immeasurable and I could not put it down. I even read pieces from my Kindle/Laptop but I could not bring myself to go further on to the location when back on my Tab; the words were far too precious!

    On to book 3!





    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alison
    Petersfield, United Kingdom
    2/12/14
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    "Medieval adventure in Trabzon, Turkey"
    What made the experience of listening to The Spring of the Ram the most enjoyable?

    Following the story of Klaas the former dye-worker's apprentice, after his wife's death, his enemies, Simon and de Fleury, wanted to kill him, and he needed to make his fortune. Seeing him develop his political and diplomatic skills.


    Which character – as performed by Gordon Griffin – was your favourite?

    Sir Nicholas


    Any additional comments?

    A rip-roaring adventure, good value for money and historically interesting regarding silk and the alum trade.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bettym
    Surrey, UK
    17/11/16
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    "Riveting read"

    A complex and fascinating story, very well read, will give you many hours of listening pleasure. The growth of the characters, first introduced inNiccolo Rising, the end of an ancient empire, personal rivalries and shifting patterns of trade and politics give the story strength and depth. Listen and become hooked on Dorothy Dunnett's fully researched and realised fifteenth century world. Then move pn to her magical Lympnd books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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